|Sport||Gaelic Football / Athletics|
|Position||Right Corner Forward|
|Born||Newry, Down, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 00:21, 21 August 2009 (UTC).|
Michael Rory "Mickey" Linden is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played for Down in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. He was part of the Down team that won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1991 and 1994. Linden also won two Ulster Senior Football Championships and a National League title with Down. In 1994 he also won an All Star award and named Texaco Footballer of the Year.
He usually played as a corner forward. He was renowned for his speed, "electrifying skills", turn of foot and accuracy in front of the posts with both feet. He "tore defences apart with his pace and scoring power" and "took the best back lines to the cleaners". Linden is among the top twenty all-time top Ulster scorers in Championship football. His understanding with Down play-maker Greg Blaney has been described as "near telepathic".
Linden is known as one of the Down's best ever footballers. In 2009 The Irish News named him as one of the all-time best 125 footballers from Ulster, to mark the 125th anniversary of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Linden plays club football for Mayobridge. He has won the Down Senior Football Championship on 8 occasions with the club in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. He has also been beaten finalist twice in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship.
Minor & Under 21
Linden currently plays in the Mayobridge Reserves
Linden made his Down Senior debut in 1982. In 1983 he won the National Football League with the county. Down reached the 1986 Ulster Senior Football Championship final, but were beaten by Tyrone.
In 1991 he won his first Ulster Championship medal, with Down beating Donegal in the decider. Down defeated Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final, before beating Meath in the All-Ireland final. The success was Down's first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title since 1968.
Linden won a second Ulster Championship medal with Down in 1994 - overcoming Tyrone comfortably in the decider. Victories over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final and Dublin in the final gave Linden another All-Ireland Senior medal. For his performances that year he received an All Star award and named Texaco Footballer of the Year.
Linden reached further Ulster finals with Down in 1996, 1999 and 2003. He retired from inter-county football in 2003 .
After Inter County Football
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- 2 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 1991 1994
- 2 Ulster Senior Football Championship 1991 1994
- 1 Ulster Under-21 Football Championship 1984
- 1 National Football League Division 1 1983
- 2 National Football League Division 2 1982 1988
- 1 National Football League Division 3 1997
- 7 Down Senior Football Championship1999 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007
- 5 Down Senior Football League Division 1 1993 1999 2001 2002 2004
- 1 Down Junior Football Championship 1981
- 1 Down Minor Football Championship 1980
- 1 Down Senior Football League Division 4 1980
- 1 Down Senior Football League Division 3 1981
- 1 Down Senior Football League Division 2 1990
In 2009 Linden joined Dunleer Athletics Club, at the behest of former Tyrone footballer Patsy Forbes. Later that year at the age of 46 and six years after retiring from inter-county football - Linden added to his All-Ireland medal haul. In the 2009 Irish Over-45 Championships in Tullamore, Offaly he won two golds and a silver in the 45-50 category. He was first in both the 100 metres and long jump and finished runner-up in the 200 metres.
- Archer, Bimpe (20 August 2009). "Down GAA legend bags gold on athletics track". The Irish News. p. 1. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
- "Ulster's 125 - Down shortlist". The Irish News. February 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- "Ulster's 125 - The province's 125 best footballers since 1884". The Irish News. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- McSherry, Ronan (5 June 2008). "Mourne great Blaney recalls some past Red Hand tussles". The Strabane Chronicle. Retrieved 18 August 2009.[dead link]